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Roadrunners claim CUSA Track and Field title

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UTSA have won yet another outdoor Track and Field Championship as the men’s team claimed the Conference USA title in Houston on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday saw UTSA push out to a school record points total as they managed 172 points through the two days as they won five individual titles on the way to their fifth conference championship.

It was a tight day on Sunday in the team competition as UTSA held just a two point lead over East Carolina going in to the final day, and they saw that lead evaporate in the first event, Javelin, as the lead swung to ECU with a nine point lead.

The triple jump saw ECU push their lead out to 14 as they picked up ten more points, but that was countered by a fourth place from Ronson Small for five points.

The 4x100m was looming as crucial and the Pirates again bettered the Roadrunners as UTSA could only manage fourth compared to ECU’s second place.

In the 1500m UTSA were able to make up seven points thanks to Mike Medrano’s fourth place and Nathan Collier managing seventh, although UTEP started to look as a threat, closing the gap to the Roadrunners to just one point.

Keyunta Hayes was keen to show why he is an All-American and got gold in the 110m hurdles with a 13.98 before fellow Roadrunner, Jonas Guiterrez managed sixth to cut the deficit to six points.

After missing the 400m final, UTSA picked up points in the 100m final to trail ECU 99-93, level with UTEP.

The 400m hurdles was vital for UTSA as they racked up the points, with Hayes winning another gold, in a time of 50.53, as the Roadrunners swept the podium and picked up fifth place to seal 28 points .

Immediately afterward the CUSA discus champion, Richard Garrett Jr., also became the shot put champion as he managed a CUSA meet record of 65-9 3/4 (20.06m) leading three Roadrunners in to the points as Andrew Akens used a career best for second and Jeremy Jones PB saw him in fifth.

After two phenomenal events UTSA saw their lead out to 41 points, with four events making things hard for ECU to take back the lead.

After a fifth place in the 200m and Keith Benford’s silver in the High Jump, UTSA saw their lead out to over 50 coming in to the final event, leaving ECU with no chance of a come back.

UTSA celebrated their title in the last event of the championship as they won their first 1600m relay conference championship in over a decade as they finished in a time of 3:07.80 for the second fastest time in school history.



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